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The Thomas promise: Roe is only the beginning   

Reading Time: 3 minutes During the period between the unprecedented leak of Justice Alito’s majority opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, some political pundits and legal scholars have argued that the court would not stop at abortion—that established rights including gay marriage and even contraception could be […]

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What does being a ‘person’ do?

Reading Time: 8 minutes In 2008, a Macedonian court found a bear guilty of damaging beehives. Since it had no owner and belonged to a protected species, the state was made to pay the fine instead. Legal history abounds with stories of animal trials, especially in the Middle Ages and early Enlightenment, when both secular and Ecclesiastical variants played […]

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There is hope, too, in the well

Reading Time: 5 minutes A common belief in journalism is that you have to emphasize the horror of a situation to spur action. If people aren’t driven by an existential threat, how can we ever expect them to act for a better world? But the well of our world’s suffering runs deep enough with sorrow. We still have a […]

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Hurrah for Liberals: Clear Differences

Reading Time: 6 minutes By James A. Haught Many atheists also are progressive “social justice warriors” striving to make life better and more equal for everyone. They include Daylight Atheism contributor James Haught. Here’s a chapter from his 2016 book, Hurrah for Liberals. In tumultuous sociopolitical struggles, a frequent pattern is visible: Conservatives often fight to preserve their own […]

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Animal Rights for the Isle of Man (LSP #183)

Reading Time: 4 minutes Hi and welcome back! Slowly, slowly humanity stumbles toward a brighter future. Legislators on the Isle of Man have proposed a new bill that recognizes five basic rights for animals. Today, Lord Snow Presides over some good news: another corner of our world has recognized the pressing need to grant rights to animals. Human Rights: […]